HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Center for Legal Services has received a new grant which will be used for resource development efforts and direct legal assistance through its call center.
The MCLS has been awarded $59,050 from the Mississippi Bar Foundation through its Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) program.
It was established by the Mississippi Supreme Court to help fund legal aid for low-income individuals, to provide law-related public education programs and to improve the administration of justice.
Since its inception 30 years ago, the IOLTA program has awarded more than $13 million in grants.
"We've had declining grant funding from various sources over the last several years," said Sam Buchanan, executive director of administration for the Mississippi Center for Legal Services. "So, we're going to use these funds to fund our resource development position and she, of course, will pursue other funding sources," he said.
The Mississippi Center for Legal Services serves 43 counties and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Jackson on Aug. 14.